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JudoP
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Accuracy thought
Mar 5th, 2020 at 2:23pm
 
An interesting thing which has helped my accuracy a bit in close range is to keep in mind the offset. Let me explain-

When you sling at a target you try to path a trajectory between you and your target and throw along that trajectory. The issue here is that the projectile does not actually fly from your eye but instead about a meter or two off to your right (or left for left handed). This is a very strong effect in close range and weakens as range extends. I've personally found that visualising the trajectory from the stone release point towards the target useful in hitting both close and medium range targets.
Now, most will do this kind of thing automatically, or simply subconsciously 'learn' the offset for their chosen range. I think that deliberately visualising it works better for me as it levels out the inconsistency over ranges and you won't do the wrong correction when switching ranges.

Anyone do anything similar?
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Reply #1 - Mar 5th, 2020 at 4:24pm
 
I like both ways, subconscious/intuitive and deliberate visualization and correction of offset if I miss a lot.
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Reply #2 - Mar 5th, 2020 at 4:38pm
 
I haven't, but now I'm going to give it a try.† I've definitely noticed that after slinging at fairly close targets (10-20 m is my usual in the yard), if I switch to distance slinging for the last few throws, my throws are usually off to the left.† Taking the angle of the throw into account, that makes perfect sense if my release point is staying the same.
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Reply #3 - Mar 6th, 2020 at 12:58am
 
Today I made a very similar discovery. I was down by the river, hurling stones at both short and longer range targets, and I found that I had a much greater degree of accuracy at about ~70m, than a close up ~20m. However, when I made a mental note of where the stone was being released from (in relation to my eyes), my accuracy at close range improved quite a lot.
I think that this could prove to be rather valuable, as with practice this 'awareness' of the stone will become instinctive.

As an afterthought, it seems a bit of an obvious thing to do...
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Reply #4 - Mar 6th, 2020 at 8:59am
 
Several observations:
I like to throw tennis balls because itís easy to see where they hit, and I try to have 5 or 6 on hand so I can walk my shots in and make immediate corrections from shot to shot.

Another thing that helped me specifically with balearic style is to point at the target during the release instead of continuing to follow through and swing the hand past the target (the ball follows the hand off to the side).

Third, I take a cue from long-distance shooters and focus on consistency before accuracy. Rather than immediately correcting for offset, see if you can get multiple shots to have the same offset as the first, then make a correction after you are more confident that the problem is the lateral offset and not something else like timing.
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Re: Accuracy thought
Reply #5 - Mar 6th, 2020 at 1:42pm
 
JudoP wrote on Mar 5th, 2020 at 2:23pm:
An interesting thing which has helped my accuracy a bit in close range is to keep in mind the offset. Let me explain-

When you sling at a target you try to path a trajectory between you and your target and throw along that trajectory. The issue here is that the projectile does not actually fly from your eye but instead about a meter or two off to your right (or left for left handed). This is a very strong effect in close range and weakens as range extends. I've personally found that visualising the trajectory from the stone release point towards the target useful in hitting both close and medium range targets.
Now, most will do this kind of thing automatically, or simply subconsciously 'learn' the offset for their chosen range. I think that deliberately visualising it works better for me as it levels out the inconsistency over ranges and you won't do the wrong correction when switching ranges.

Anyone do anything similar?


Absolutely.  Also you can apply this to almost any activity that uses hand/eye coordination. Pool, basketball, bowling, etc..
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Reply #6 - Mar 7th, 2020 at 4:42am
 
Yes, especially with sidearm/Balearic style.
I think a large part of accuracy is being aware and present in the moment like this. I suppose you could say being scatter brained will give you scattered shots!
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Reply #7 - Mar 18th, 2020 at 7:22am
 
Extremely helpful advice. It really helped me closing in on small, ground level targets.
When doing a greek overhand I imagine it flying from above my head. I guess you can also visualize whether you throw a downwards line or a little parable.
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Reply #8 - Mar 20th, 2020 at 1:18am
 
I like Mr Noone's point about consistency, which I struggle to achieve
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